Journalist Agba Jalingo released on bail The

Journalist Agba Jalingo released on bail The

The detained publisher of Cross River Watch, Agba Jalingo, has accessed the bail granted him on February 13.

Mr Jalingo was arrested on August 22, 2019, and remained incarcerated till the court in Cross River granted his third request for bail after the journalist had been detained for 174 days.

He is facing trial for treason over a report written by the newspaper alleging that Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, diverted N500 million belonging to the state.

Justice Sule Shuaibu of the Federal High Court, Calabar, granted the journalist N10 million bail, last week, following an application from his lawyer, Attah Ochinke.

The court also asked that those standing as surety for the journalist must make a refundable deposit of N700,000 to the court registry to perfect the bail.

Mr Jalingo was earlier denied bail twice by another judge, Simon Amobeda, who later withdrew from the case after a secret recording where he (Amobeda) allegedly made some “biased” remarks against Mr Jalingo, was leaked

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